Ride the Lightning

Universal Music Ltd.
Release date
3 Jan 2000
Running length
8 tracks
Running time


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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 Fight Fire With Fire 4:44 333,453
2 Ride the Lightning 6:37 377,002
3 For Whom the Bell Tolls 5:11 564,802
4 Fade to Black 6:55 597,846
5 Trapped Under Ice 4:04 301,099
6 Escape 4:24 280,839
7 Creeping Death 6:36 406,407
8 The Call of Ktulu 8:55 340,667

About this album

Ride The Lightning is the second album by band Metallica. It was released on July 27, 1984 by Megaforce Records. It was re-released in the same year on November 19 by Elektra records. In the United States alone Ride The Lightning has sold over 5 million copies.

Ride the Lightning is often hailed by fans as a classic of the thrash metal genre and a vital bridge between the band’s albums Kill ‘Em All and Master of Puppets, pushing the thrash metal of the debut into progressive territory more fully-realized on “Master of Puppets” and “…And Justice for All.”

Ride the Lightning retains the speed of Kill ‘Em All on songs like “Trapped Under Ice” and “Fight Fire with Fire”, but also contains the first of Metallica’s longer, more intricate tracks, such as “Fade to Black” and the nearly 9-minute closing instrumental “The Call of Ktulu”. “Ride the Lightning” is the last Metallica album to credit Dave Mustaine.

Ride the Lightning was listed at #3 on a list compiled by metal-rules.com of the Top 100 Metal Albums of All Time and #5 by IGN Music on the Top 25 Metal Albums.

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  • MikeySchenker

    A monument

    1 Mar 1:03pm Reply
  • samiskywalker

    One of the best albums of the history of thrash metal [3]

    24 Feb 7:24pm Reply
  • Ughel1

    One of the best albums of the history of thrash metal [2]

    21 Jan 9:00am Reply
  • kiiller_

    TE AMO

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • Balgerda

    The best metal album was ironically made by the sellouts.

    22 Dec 2014 Reply
  • muerto14

    One of the best albums of the history of thrash metal.

    19 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Maco097

    Life is for my own to live my own way...

    14 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Widomaker121212

    My first metal album and look how far I've come. Thank you, fight fire with fire for introducing me to true love

    3 Nov 2014 Reply
  • PC-PDX

    wtf happened to the gif? it disappeared from the list of images!

    24 Oct 2014 Reply
  • adam11i13

    Dat cover :O

    23 Oct 2014 Reply

    check dat fucking gif \\m/

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Suonorikop

    Omg, cool gif.

    22 Oct 2014 Reply
  • felipepuziol

    Dat gif.

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Gella_8

    Awesome gif-cover!!!!!

    21 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Zahetael

    What a cool visual effect we got here \\m/

    19 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Weaponfire

    I have mellowed out about this album recently. Hetfield's singing on some of the tracks is just awful, and the second half of this album (minus the last track) is pretty dull. No album in metal has better riffs though.

    15 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Hopkinator

    Their best.

    24 Aug 2014 Reply
  • LawLieTicp

    I used to think that this was the best album of all time...

    11 Aug 2014 Reply
  • christopoll

    Their best album [316], no filler here, even Escape is an enjoyable song. Great guitar work (probably some of Kirk's best, with some of Dave Mustaine's still present as well). Although James (at this point) wasn't that good of a singer, he still did a great job and his vocals suited the music a lot.

    4 Aug 2014 Reply
  • glasgowsmile_

    Happy birthday RtL!

    27 Jul 2014 Reply
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